The Agenda

Victory Announces July Endorsements

Today, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund announced is July round of endorsements – our candidates represent all geographic regions of the country and bring inceredible amounts of diversity to the table.

EAST:

Frank Ferri – Lt Governor, Rhode Island

“Frank Ferri has been a strong advocate for small business and job creation in Rhode Island,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  “His commitment and dedication to Rhode Island residents will serve him well as Lieutenant Governor”

Scott Simpson – State Board of Education, Ward One, District of Columbia

“Scott Simpson has been a passionate advocate for District schools and understands the challenges they face,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  “He brings the experience and dedication necessary to help the District of Columbia Public Schools deliver a more quality education that our children deserve.”

Joe Smith – Harford County Council, Maryland

“Councilman Joseph Smith has been a strong advocate for public safety and education for Havre de Grace’s residents,” said Torey Carter, managing director of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  “I have no doubt that he will continue to be an advocate for his community if elected to the Harford County Council.”

Courtney Snowden – Washington, D.C. City Council, At-Large

“As a native Washingtonian, Courtney Snowden has been a staunch advocate for students and education from the start,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  “Her commitment to creating a city of integrity and transparency will be a tremendous asset on the City Council.”

WEST:

Catherine Begaye – State Representative, New Mexico

“Catherine Begaye has been a fearless advocate for New Mexico families by making sure that quality education is provided to all children,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  “As a lifelong New Mexican she knows her constituents and will represent her community well in the state legislature.”

Daneya Esgar – House of Representatives  District 46, Colorado

“As a community organizer, Daneya Esgar has been a strong advocate for affordable healthcare, immigration reform and putting an end to predatory lending,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  “Her grasp of the unique issues that face Pueblo will serve her well in the State House.”

Steve Gallardo – Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Arizona

“Steve Gallardo is a fourth generation Arizonan that understands the importance of connecting with his constituents,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  “His extensive leadership in the Arizona legislature will undoubtedly serve Maricopa County well.”

Rebecca Kaplan – Mayor of Oakland, California

“As an elected official in Oakland, Rebecca Kaplan has been a strong leader and driving force behind making Oakland a safer and more prosperous city, “said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  “I have no doubt she will continue to be an unwavering advocate for the people of Oakland as mayor.”

SOUTH:

John Arrowood – State Court of Appeals, North Carolina

“John Arrowood has been a strong advocate for the LGBT community who has demonstrated his ability to serve North Carolina well,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  “His experience and excellent reputation in the legal community make him an ideal candidate to serve on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.”

Paula Sophia – House of Representatives District 88, Oklahoma

“Paula Sophia’s experience as a police officer in Oklahoma City provides her with a unique perspective on the issues facing District 88,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.  “It is crucial that her community has an advocate that represents them authentically in the State House.”

INCUMBENTS:

  • Denise Andrews – State Representative, Massachusetts
  • Toni Atkins – State Assembly District 78, California
  • Jim Moeller – House of Representatives District 49, Washington
  • Matt Moonen – State Representative, Maine
  • William Hanauer – Mayor, Ossining, New York
  • Gary Resnick – Mayor of Wilton Manors, Florida
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